University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Timothy P. McCullough, Jr. Scholarship in Astronomy

June 7, 2019

The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Timothy P. McCullough, Jr. Scholarship in Astronomy, named for Dr. McCullough (1910-2004), who was a research physicist and radio astronomer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Dr. McCullough made some of the first radio measurements of many objects in the Solar System. His radio measurements of Venus were among the first to indicate that Venus had a very high surface temperature. He also studied Mars and Jupiter. Later, his interest turned to supernovas, galaxies, and solar flares. Dr. McCullough was a Naval veteran of World War II and the Korean War. In the image below, Dr. McCullough is shown in Attu in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, making radio observations of the Sun during the 12 September 1950 total solar eclipse. More information on Dr. McCullough’s life and career can be found at:

The scholarship of $1,000 for one year will be awarded each year to a rising 3rd year Astronomy or Astronomy-Physics major. The first award will be announced this summer (2019).

The award is made possible by a very generous gift from Dr. McCullough’s son, Robert (Gene) McCullough. Gene McCullough is a U.Va. alum who graduated with a degree in Physics and was in the first contingent of Echols Scholars at U.Va.